Next week, February 2, Congress will host the 64th Annual National Prayer Breakfast. Every president since Eisenhower has attended and given speeches.
It sounds like a nice thing, but there is one group they are alienating: the non-religious. That group has been growing over the last decade. The non-religious (atheists, agnostics, etc.) make up 22.8 percent of the adult population in the United States.
At least President Obama mentioned us non-believers in one of his speeches, so he wasn’t totally alienating us. He talked about our rights to:
“…Practice our faith how we choose, to change our faith if we choose, to practice no faith at all if we choose, and to do so free of persecution and fear and discrimination.”
We are a secular nation and we should not be having any obviously religious events like this being sponsored by the state. The separation of church and state must be upheld, and it is going to be a difficult fight under President Donald Trump. We will not give up. We will fight for our rights to not believe in any religion at all.
As the Freedom From Religion Foundation put it:
“The presence of our topmost office-bearers at such a get-together makes it appear as if the U.S. government endorses one particular fringe of one particular religion. Unfortunately, since the event’s inception in the 1950s, an invitation to attend it has become coveted, a chance to rub elbows and bend the knee with dictators and theocrats from around the world.”
“The last thing this nation or the world needs is more prayer. What we do need are public officials who keep their eyes open, use reason and critical thought in decision-making, and who work to serve the public good, not bow to religious special interests.”
We’ll see what Trump says, and we can hope that Trump will not turn us into a theocracy.
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